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Wordsmiths and Warriors: The...
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David Crystal; Hilary Crystal
 
Who formed and shaped the English language? David and Hilary Crystal take us on a journey through Britain to discover the people who gave our language its colour and character;...
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Accidence Will Happen: The...
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Oliver Kamm takes on the pedants in this witty, authoritative and sometimes provocative guide to the use and abuse of the English language.
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I met lucky people: The Story of the...
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In the Middle Ages, it was believed they had come out of Egypt. And yet their language shares a number of words with Greek, and has its roots in India...
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For the Love of Letters: The Joy of...
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Handwritten is a celebration of letter-writing in all its guises
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The Story of English in 100 Words
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Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word ('loaf') to advanced ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful...
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Adonis to Zorro: Oxford Dictionary of...
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An absorbing dictionary that clearly explains the meanings of references and allusions that are likely to be encountered in modern English. Drawing on the resources of the Oxford English Corpus...
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Gwynne's Latin: The Ultimate...
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Suitable for anyone interested in learning Latin, this title helps you teach more Latin in half an hour than you would learn from years of being taught Latin at school...
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This updated and revised edition is the authoritative guide to foreign words and phrases used in contemporary British and American English. Drawn from over 40 languages, the 6,000 entries detail...
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Begat: The King James Bible and the...
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David Crystal
 
The King James Bible has contributed more to English than any other source. In this enlightening book David Crystal asks why. He looks at how its words have been given...
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Through the language glass
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Deutscher, G.
 
Does language reflect the culture of a society in any profound sense? Is our mother-tongue a lens through which we perceive the world? Can different languages lead...
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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells ...
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Michael Rosen
From Alphabets to Zipcodes, the surprising story of our 26 letters from million-selling author and Radio 4 language expert, Michael Rosen.
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Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
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A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia
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The Language Wars: A History of ...
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What really is correctness? Why do people care so much about it? What is at stake in the quarrel about good and bad usage?
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Odd Job Man: Some Confessions of a...
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Collects the indefinable language of the gutter, the brothel, the jail, the barroom - producing a succession of dictionaries.
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Idiomantics: The Weird World of...
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Philip Gooden; Peter Lewis
 
Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. To cite three examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job...
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Salt of the Earth: Origins and...
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A charming, attractively illustrated collection of country sayings with their origins and meanings.
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